“The black mesh balustrade stair has a sort of ethereal quality to it, like it is glowing!”
Architect: Bates Smart
Client: Boston Consulting Group
Location: 101 Collins St, Melbourne
Work Completed by Active Metal
Structural steel strengthening works, structural steel stair, mesh balustrades to stairs, mesh balustrades to void, handrails, paint finishes, tread linings, mesh risers, nosings & tactile indicators,
Situated over two floors of 101 Collins Street, the BCG workplace has been designed by award-winning interior designers Bates Smart, to respond to the surrounding Melbourne context in order to differentiate it from other BCG workplaces around the world. The design approach began by translating some of Melbourne’s distinctive characteristics into subtle design expressions, ranging from materiality selection, to textures and patterns, and artwork.
The floors have been planned in order to celebrate and maximise the impressive views of the surrounding Melbourne skyline, and importantly the space provides a variety of different work settings, from collaborative zones to areas which offer concentrated team working, away from the traditional work points.
Art is an integral part of the design, and bespoke works by a number of Melbourne artists, were commissioned specifically for the workplace. The selection of signage and furniture is also significant and offers playful relief from the linear architectural forms across the floorplate.
And reflecting the sophisticated materiality is the black mesh balustrade stair. With the superb use of lighting, the stair appears to have a sort of ethereal glow about it, in spite of a distinctly industrial vibe. Exposed soffits and steel mesh are generally associated with a more rugged look, but the finishes of the stair, the lighting and the surrounding finishes have lifted this stair installation to new heights of elegance. Mesh risers provide a touch of class and assist the transparency of the stair.
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